Lifestyle Health and Wellbeing 18 Aug 2017 How vitamin C could ...

How vitamin C could help battle leukaemia

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Aug 18, 2017, 5:28 pm IST
Updated Aug 18, 2017, 5:30 pm IST
Find out what the nutrient found in oranges can do.
Vitamin C could help battle leukaemia, says scientists from New York University. (Photo: Pexels)
 Vitamin C could help battle leukaemia, says scientists from New York University. (Photo: Pexels)

Vitamin C could be key to in fighting blood cancer, a new study reveals.

Scientists found the nutrient found in oranges, dark leafy greens and kiwis can stop cancer cells from multiplying, The Sun reported.

 

The team from New York University conducted tests on mice, which showed the nutrient signals the cells to die instead of multiplying.

According to the report, blood cancers "involve mutations of a gene called TET2" which helps mature a type of stem cell that kills white blood cells.

Cancer is caused in many people when the mutations in this gene divide the cells.

High doses of vitamin C, researchers found boost the function of TET2. “We’re excited by the prospect that high-dose vitamin C might become a safe treatment for blood diseases, most likely in combination with other targeted therapies,” Professor Benjamin Neel told The Sun.

 

Vitamin C has to be injected into the body, although the right dose is yet to be determined.

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